Lim­ited Edi­tion Poster

Australian Muscle Car - - Muscle Maniac -

Our

friends at Au­topics.com.au have just re­leased a new signed poster com­mem­o­rat­ing the 1991 and ’92 Bathurst­win­ning Nis­san GT-Rs. The poster has three sig­na­tures, driv­ers Mark Skaife and Jim Richards, plus the other star of the show, team boss Fred Gib­son.

Lim­ited to just 100 world­wide, it comes with a Cer­tifi­cate of Au­then­tic­ity show­ing all three sign­ing the poster.

The poster size is 675 x 450mm (26 x 17 inches) and is avail­able un­framed or (black) framed.

Prices for a framed ver­sion are $295 plus de­liv­ery and $95 plus de­liv­ery for the poster sans frame.

To or­der, go to au­topics.com.au, ring David on 0407 869 680 or email info@ au­topics.com.au

Reader: Hil­ton Trigg Mus­cle car: 1972 VH Charger XL Home­town: Port Lin­coln, South Aus­tralia What is it? “A stock stan­dard and orig­i­nal 1972 VH Charger XL, pow­ered by a 245 Hemi with a 3-speed man­ual gear­box. All match­ing num­bers. The bril­liant Sun­fire yel­low colour is typ­i­cally early 1970s. The only up­dates have been vis­ual with the ad­di­tion of pe­riod-style mags, and au­di­ble via an ex­haust sys­tem de­liv­er­ing a mel­low torquey tone.” When did you buy it? “Novem­ber 2014. I first saw it on con­sign­ment in an Ade­laide yard a cou­ple of months ear­lier, and af­ter many weeks re­search­ing no­ticed it was still avail­able, due not to the price (which was re­al­is­tic), but the owner’s stip­u­la­tion that the ve­hi­cle re­main in­tact and not be used as a donor car. It had done a grand to­tal of 32,700 orig­i­nal miles.” What do you know about its life? “The orig­i­nal re­ceipt in the glove­box, dated 10th Jan­uary 1973, in­di­cated a pur­chase price of $3700.90. This in­cluded $35 for the stripes, $20 for the black back boot panel, and a $300 dis­count for pay­ing cash! Af­ter I con­tacted the one and only owner, he dis­closed that due to fail­ing eye­sight he was un­able to drive, so cov­ered it up and garaged it for 16 years! Due to this care, the paint work re­mains im­pec­ca­ble and the in­te­rior im­mac­u­late with not a blem­ish on the tan up­hol­stery and car­pet. The orig­i­nal polyester ra­dial spare tyre, com­plete with gold em­bossed let­ter­ing, re­mained in place in the boot. Un­til re­cently the Charger was still within the next ser­vice sched­ule dis­played on the ve­hi­cle’s wind­screen sticker of 35,000 miles, or Au­gust 1998!” How does it go? “Beau­ti­fully, thanks to lo­cal me­chanic and mus­cle car en­thu­si­ast Ha­gen Zerk who checked it over and tuned it up, re­plac­ing only the mi­nor things you would ex­pect af­ter sit­ting still for 16 years. Namely flu­ids, in­clud­ing a ra­di­a­tor clean out, oils and fil­ters, brake mas­ter cylin­der and slave cylin­ders etc. It purrs like a kit­ten, and the torque is typ­i­cally Hemi giv­ing the 3-speed box an au­to­matic char­ac­ter­is­tic – just put your foot down! We took it on the 2015 Aussie Mus­cle Car Run, which was a true test, and it passed with fly­ing colours. Over 3000 kays in the heat of Novem­ber, it re­turned 25 mpg in the old lan­guage (11 litres/100km) with­out us­ing a drop of oil or wa­ter.” Any­thing you would like to add? “Charger en­thu­si­asts have sug­gested I con­sider a lit­tle more horse­power via a two-bar­rel carby and a set of ex­trac­tors. That sounds tempt­ing, but such ad­di­tions would de­tract from the ve­hi­cle’s orig­i­nal­ity and there­fore its value. So for now I’ll keep cruising and en­joy­ing the ve­hi­cle for what it is – a pris­tine ex­am­ple of clas­sic Aussie mus­cle!”

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